5 Ibrahim Naguib St., Ground Floor, Apt. 2. Garden City, Cairo, Egypt/ gypsumgallery.com
Daily from 12-8pm. Friday 4-8pm. Sunday off.
Founded by curator Aleya Hamza in late 2013, Gypsum is a private contemporary art gallery committed to presenting an international, multidisciplinary program focused on an engagement with sociopolitical, cultural and formal themes. The gallery represents a group of artists living and working between the Middle East, Europe and North America. A rigorous practice and a singular vision characterize the work of the gallery's roster of artists with whom we are committed to forging long-standing relationships. Gypsum is interested in relocating the progressive and investigative art practices that have been associated with the non-profit art sector of Cairo and the Middle East to a commercial gallery context, to redefine society's understanding of contemporary art, collecting and their relationship to the world around us.
Karim Francis Contemporary Art Gallery
1, El Sherifein St, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt / 2.0100.667.4823 / karimfrancis.com
Sun - Thu: 4pm - 8pm; closed on public holidays.
The Karim Francis Gallery helped to establish the Al-Nitaq, Cairo’s first independent arts festival. This fascinating event includes an intriguing selection of poetry, film, music and theatre productions. The event encapsulates the cultural scene of the city and brings art to the streets of the downtown area, taking it to cafes, restaurants, alleys and lanes, shops and apartments and hotel and office lobbies, all to promote contemporary art within the city. The Gallery was founded in 1995 and helped increase the rate and awareness of contemporary art within the city. Visitors can enjoy a host of painting and sculptures at this special venue.
Zamalek Art Gallery
11 ش البرازيل، Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt/ 20 2 27351240
This contemporary art gallery hosts differing exhibitions each month, showcasing the work of the most renowned and exclusive artists in Cairo and beyond. There is a permanent collection of work inside the Gallery, courtesy of established Egyptian artists and up-and-coming young talent. There is also a spacious exhibitor area, creating ample opportunity for both visitors to appreciate the works on display. Zamalek Art Gallery is located in the trendy Zamalek area of the city, a cultural hub. The Gallery has been involved with many notable projects, including the extensive six-month art festival commemorating 100 years of the Aswan Old Cataract Hotel in 1999-2000.
Kom Ghorab, Cairo, Egypt, Cairo Governorate, Egypt/ 20 2 23610511/ darb1718.com
Saturday - Thursday 10am - 10pm, Friday 2pm - 10pm.
A non-profit organisation in operation since 2008, the Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre has indoor and outdoor areas that can hold different art displays and cultural events. There are two exhibition areas, plus stages and an outdoor cinema area for film screenings. Visitors can enjoy a number of exhibitions, concerts, festivals and events from national and international artists. There is also a variety of performance workshops being regularly held, giving emerging artists the chance to exhibit exciting new works alongside more established artists.
AL MASAR Gallery
Baehler’s Mansion 157 b. 26 July St. Zamalek، Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate 11561, Egypt/ 20 2 27368537/ almasargallery.com
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm.
A relative newcomer to Cairo, the impressive Al Masar Gallery opened in late 2008. This stylish venue showcases the work of renowned Egyptian artists, the ‘stars of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation of the 20th Century Egyptian Art Movement’. The Gallery puts a focus on vibrancy and uniqueness both in the works shown and in the gallery’s historic location of the Baehler Mansion. The Gallery defines itself as ‘both the path and the trace as a cultural nexus of exhibitions and documentation to define the genuine value of modern and contemporary Egyptian art.’ In its newest gallery space, The Art Lounge, which opened in 2012 and is located next to the original gallery.